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Meghalaya Saree for Handloom connoisseurs!

Which saree connoisseur would not like to have beautiful Mekhla saree in her collection or from North – East’s handwoven silk or handloom saree, particularly from Meghalaya. These sarees are enchantingly beautiful, easy to drape and maintain and give a special feeling to the lady wearing it. Normally you have to visit handloom stores or emporiums for these sarees, which sometimes dampens your spirit and you swap it with some other saree for the occasion. And you did not want to be the part of the crowd. These sarees look truly special if you are attending any conference, hosting a show, visiting a literary festival or simple book reading session at a bookstore, which you are planning to attend.

If you want to look like a DIVA on any occasion, take your pick from Triveni’s Meghalaya collection, and believe me you will be in the league of handloom saree connoisseurs like Shabana Azmi, Kiron Kher or Vidya Balan.

No more wait now!

Recently, Triveni Sarees has brought out a collection of Meghalaya Sarees, which is truly traditional and Bohemian at the same time. It’s a small collection of eight colour combinations but all of them are very graceful, subtle and vibrant at the same time. Beige with maroon, Beige with magenta, green with maroon, maroon with magenta, rust and orange, electric blue with magenta etc. – the colour palette is truly outstanding.

You can order one or more from the Meghalaya collection at triveniethnics.com and it will be delivered right at your doorsteps. And you are ready to rock.

So more on Meghalaya now, except that it is due for elections shortly and PM would be visiting it soon. Which colour it votes for, is to be seen but you can’t escape the colourful persona of Meghalaya people.

If you are in Meghalaya, you can’t skip the bright hues around you which contrast brilliantly with its natural beauty. Though it is a small state in North – East of India, which is due for elections soon, it has many things in abundance. It is the land of eternal beauty which is visible in various handicrafts its boasts of, be it food or dress. The significant crafts of Meghalaya are cane and bamboo works and weaving. The culture of Meghalaya tribes is associated with their important technique of weaving. While most other parts of the Indian subcontinent introduce Indian men as the weavers and spinners, in Meghalaya the women run the spinning and weaving culture. This industry is the most significant one for the rural counties of Meghalaya.

Endowed with incredible natural beauty, Meghalaya is one of the most beautiful states in Northeast India. Meghalaya has great tourism potential, which is still untapped and unexplored. Meghalaya Tourism Department has formulated many plans and tourism policies, to attract domestic and international tourists, which would lead to the economic development and generation of ample employment opportunities in the state.

Meghalaya tourism is focused on developing infrastructure and public facilities at all tourist spots, along with the development of various areas of tourism in the state such as Nature-based tourism, Cultural tourism, Health resort tourism, and Art and Craft tourism. Meghalaya tourism is also emphasizing on adventure tourism in Meghalaya that includes trekking, caving, and water sports. Rock climbing and Hand gliding will be promoted with recognized adventure and sports associations.

Meghalaya is also known for its beautiful sarees, hand-woven silks and cotton, predominantly in black, white and red/ maroon colours which are adored by all of us.

Information courtesy: Meghalaya Tourism

 

 

 

 

Marriage made in heaven, celebrated in Mumbai!

January 28, 2018, was truly memorable & special day when our cute, pretty Grishma (Lovely daughter of Bhavana & Pradip Shah) who had grown up in front of our eyes, finished her schooling in flying colours, Chemical Engineering meritoriously and became a top-notch working professional, was finally getting hitched to the boy of her dreams. Looking resplendent in South Silk Kanjiveram Saree, dressed as a Maharashtrian bride with her beautiful & noticeable Gujarati looks, she was a national bride. Groom Sumedh Mhatre is the son of Maharashtrian & Malayalam parents, let me add here that Mhatre family integrates many other communities beautifully.  Excitedly we reached the venue at 9 AM in the morning as Shaadi muhurat was at 9:27 AM.

To make the occasion more special, I decided to adorn a Saree for the wedding after a lot of deliberations as I don’t enjoy wearing a saree actually. But going by the status, Pradip & Mukund (my husband) are childhood friends (Bum Chums) and Pradip being my brother, I was bua to Grishma.  Finally, I decided to wear a saree which I picked up from Triveni Saree’s Benarasi collection in Gold with Butis all over, with bright magenta border and pallu in brocade and complimenting blouse.  I wanted to have a Rekha like the look (Hope she is not reading) for which I needed to tie it in a special manner and compliment it with appropriate jewellery. The saree was from Triveni’s Lajwanti Collection of Benarasi Saree which has Golden Zari work giving it shimmery but graceful look. Indeed, the saree was very unique. The style is traditional as the designs are inspired by the conventional Benarasi woven work. The saree and overall look got me many compliments, it is another story that I ended up looking like Usha Uthup and not inimitable Rekha.

After delicious Jain and Gujarati Banquet, it was time for a reception for which Grishma chose red and gold lehenga, whereas Sumedh opted for a more corporate look with his two-piece, looking very handsome. Grishma looked really outstanding in her outfit with complimenting hair-do and matching accessories. For the reception, I changed into White sequinned and Electric Blue Lehenga, La Chennai Express Style which was appreciated very much by one and all. My day was made!

The marriage ceremony was simple, where bride and groom had a great time, receiving blessings from elders and wishes from peers! Pradip bhai is very social and is having a big circle of friends but I and Mukund are very special and he and Bhavana made us really feel so!

Many many wishes to the blessed couple!!

PS: I gifted Grishma a beautiful Triveni Saree from Sunheri collection!

 

Head towards The Lil Flea Mumbai, this weekend!

The Lil Flea, a festival of shopping, food & music, good vibes and perhaps the largest & happiest of its kind in the country is back in the bay! With fairy lights , cozy tents, happy vibes, hundreds of pop up shops from all over the country, experimental and fusion foods, some of the best up & coming live bands, movie screenings, the lil book exchange, a well-stocked bar and a whole host of little things, this festival promises to keep you occupied for a happy weekend!

Be there for:

PopUp Shops from all over the country: If you love shopping or simply exploring what’s buzzing in the market, then The Lil Flea has to be on your bucket list. The Lil Flea brings together some of the best homegrown shops from across the country with contemporary apparel, quirkily printed shoes, chic bags, handmade jewellery, digital pop art and heaps of cool things to keep shoppers busy for a whole day or more.

Experimental & Fusion Foods: Being a discovery platform, the people of The Lil Flea are always on the lookout for amazing up & coming food chefs, bakers and niche food brands. Rest assured that you will be spoilt for choice here

Music: Listen to some of the country’s best up &coming indie musicians perform live as you chill on the turf, sip on a drink or make yourself comfortable in a teepee. Stay tuned for the full lineup

The Lil Book Exchange: Bring a book along you can exchange it for another without any price at the Lil Book Exchange.

Movie Lounge: Adding a nostalgic touch to The Lil Flea, the team has decided to host some cool classics through the day. Make yourself comfortable on some comfy pillows, sip on a Bira provided as an optional combo offer or simply grab some pop corn. Pre-register for these sessions if you are wise, as the numbers of headphones are likely limited.

Festival Bar: If the weekend calls for a drink or two, make sure you drop by to The Lil Flea’s Festival bar. Placed right next to the music stage, listen to the music as you choose from a delectable selection of handpicked cocktails, wines, sangraias, alcohol golas and slushies and some really great offers from our new favourite Bira

One Lil Tree: Join this small but amazing movement to help improve the way we live and the air we breathe. Collect your free seeds to plant in your home, adopt a plant or learn the art of organic gardening.

The Happy Vibe: You can feel the happiness in the air when you visit The Lil Flea. Happy sellers, happy visitors, fun sit outs, beautiful bohemian décor all come together at this festival to make it one weekend to remember.

You can book your tickets on Insider.in for Rs. 249 for a single day and Rs. 400 for all three days.

Not to be missed this unique event this weekend.

Gold diggers head to Dubai in Diwali

A unique photo-essay showing might of Gold in the ‘City of Gold’ – Dubai. As one of the world’s great gold trading hubs, there is no doubt that Dubai has some of the best gold shops in the world. When it comes to buying gold, be it bullion, bars or kilos, or jewellery Dubai has a plethora of gold shops where you can indulge your passion for the much sought after metal. However, as with any investment, it makes sense to proceed with caution when investing in gold, which, in many cultures, traditionally serves as an alternative to putting money in the bank.

The Gold Souk in Dubai truly demonstrates why this Emirate has earned itself the reputation of being the city of gold. The sheer scale and variety of designs available on offer is staggering – bracelets, bangles, earrings, pendants and necklaces are available in white, pink, yellow and even green gold in unimaginable designs. There are over 400 shops to choose from and the predominant style of jewelry available is Arabic and Indian styles with some European designs available as well. Additionally, the prices of gold here are amongst the cheapest found anywhere in the world as there is no VAT or tax applicable on the purchase of gold. Browse several stores before you decide on a particular design and don’t forget to haggle for the best possible price. Ask for certificates where applicable. Also be aware that credit card purchases incur an additional fee in most shops.

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Photo Courtsey: Positive Poison

Shopped till we dropped at Law Garden Ahmedabad

You are in Ahmedabad, & you are not visiting Law Garden? Not possible!

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Given the avid shoppers that we are (mother –daughter duo), on our first day in Ahmedabad we headed to Law Garden in the evening which is haven for Gujarat Handicrafts mainly from Saurashtra & Kutch.  I was told that there is no activity in the market during the day time, but in the evening when Law Garden closes, the market comes to life.  It was our long cherished wish to shop for handicrafts in Law Garden since the time we had seen it on Television in the serial – Taarak Mehta Ka oolta chashma where entire cast, especially Dayaben with her friends shopped for her Navratri wares.  Believe me, in reality, it was more vibrant than shown on the television.

We shopped for some Ghagras, duppattas, junk jewellery, bespoke neckpieces and home decoration items. We used our limited Gujarati skills to bargain unlimited, though were quite unsuccessful at that. It was not difficult for the sellers to find out our limitation with Gujarati but overall we got some good bargain deals given by the fact that I don’t like to negotiate especially while shopping for handicrafts. I believe we should support Indian Handicrafts by buying at good prices. More on that later…

Law Garden market is unique in certain ways as it sells only handicrafts and that too of very innovative designs at value for money pricing. If you know how to negotiate well, then you can strike some great deals, unfortunately which I could not.

As it is I am great lover of Gujarati Handicrafts, this place looked just apt for me to satiate my yearn for mirror work dupattas, chaniya cholis, bags, batua, mojris, bedcovers, kurtis and wall hangings. So much so, that I want to visit the place again around Navratri to shop at Law Garden in all its glory and splendor.

My daughter Tanya loves bling and she spared not a single shop to pick up something or the other which ranged from oxidized jhumkas to studs to danglers and what to say of kadas and chadas.

After forcefully putting a full-stop to our shopping we headed towards food court adjacent to the market for some mouth watering chaats and ice creams.

Indeed there is no place like Law Garden in Ahmedabad!

Gujarat Tourism need to promote it as most happening shopping destination, it will immensely benefit the artisans and economy of th

e State.

 

Ganjing Carnival in Hazrat Ganj Lucknow, Down Memory Lane!

I came across pictures of Ganjing Carnival on my facebook page which made me really very emotional, as Lucknow as a City has great sentimental value for me. My heart immediately traversed to 90s, and thoughts crossed my mind of the wonderful time I spent in Lucknow then. . I can safely say that some of the best years of my life were spent in Lucknow and Ganjing was integral part of my stay in Lucknow.  

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Shifting from Delhi to Lucknow can be termed as backward integration for me and many people advised me against it. Given the headstrong person, that I am, I stuck to my guns. Before that I had just been to Lucknow only once that too for my interview appointment in PICUP. I had not applied much thought to it that what shifting to Capital of biggest state of the country would entail. After selection, I was quite clear that I am going to join PICUP and shift to Lucknow. In no time, it all fell into place.

नवाबों के शहर – शहरे लखनऊ

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The ‘open’ culture of Delhi was in sharp contrast to ‘closed’ culture of Lucknow. This posed serious challenge for me as an individual. Your every action was under scanner, in office, in market, in extended families and friends (??).  Now that I was in Lucknow, I had to learn the trick of the trade, as goes the saying: While in Rome, Do as the Romans do!  Going by the Mantra, I started making friends in colleagues but most of them were from Lucknow only. Obviously they bonded well in office, after office, could connect very well with each other. I being an outsider, a Delhi girl, though it generated curiosity among them but they were far from friendly. Few months passed in repenting about my decision, my heart ran back to Delhi all the time and I cursed myself for making the decision of shifting to Lucknow. But now, nothing could be done. I had found solace in the posters all over: मुस्कुराइए की आप लखनऊ में हैं!

As times passed by, I made friends with my colleagues: Geeta Sindhi, Amarjeet Singh, Ajay Kumar, Nadeem Ahmed, Kanika Gautam…with special mention of Shri Jwalant Swaroop. He is worthy of another special post.  Not to miss mention of bosses like: Mr P.L.Punia, Rajive Kumar, V.K. Chopra, J. K. Gupta and Prabhat Kumar.  Things started changing, I started gelling in Lucknow & PICUP cultures simultaneously and frequent visit to Hazrat Ganj – the upmarket shopping destination of Lucknow played a big role. The visits to specific destinations, movie theatres – remember watching “ Ram Teri Ganga Maili’ in Mayfair and coffee shops played a big role with my office colleagues and with Geeta in particular.

Evenings in Ganj were just amazing with setting sun providing the backdrop, foodies thronging the by lanes, lovers walking in the Lover’s lane ( actually called Lover’s lane), families out of shopping and movie lovers for movies all made up for the strong case in favour of Ganjing at any given point of time. Yes, Ganjing is the term, everywhere people go for shopping, outing, strolling but in Lucknow people go for GANJING! It was quite an experience in itself which made my stay even more pleasurable.

Now when I read about Ganjing Carnival, it was down memory lane…how time has flown. I don’t remember specific shops, cafés or even movie halls but I very fondly remember shopping with my mom in Ganj, hanging out with my friends, fun time with girlie gang or some official meetings too. Ganj holds a very special place in my heart like everyone who has been associated with Lucknow in any which ways.  Ganj is heart of Lucknow and Carival is the Celebration.

So for the uninitiated: Hazratganj (Hindi: हज़रतगंज, Urdu: حضرتگںج) is a major shopping area situated in the heart of Lucknow in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. In addition to bazaars, it also contains shopping complexes, restaurants, hotels, theaters and offices. “Ganjing” is a term used to describe ambling and shopping in the wide lanes and by lanes of city’s ganj market. Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) together with city’s administration organizes monthly carnival on the second Sunday of each month in Hazrat Ganj market. On this night, the market becomes a no-parking zone with barricades and security services. Various types of cultural and entertainment programmes are held for the general public. Lucknow Police watches the crowd with the help of drone cameras.

Today Hazratganj is a major Victorian style shopping area. It houses showrooms, shopping complexes, restaurants, hotels, theatres, offices and businesses. Hazratganj shops sell the famous Lucknow chikankari  material. Gurjari, Handloom Emporium and Gandhi Ashrams are also located in the market.

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The Sahara Ganj Mall is a 5-storied major shopping mall located in Hazratganj. It is one of the largest shopping malls in India covering an area of over 425,000 square feet.  It also has PVR movie theaters besides a huge food court.

Look forward to making it to Ganjing Carnival, till then like me you too see it to believe it!

 

 

Saree Gowns: Swing to the Silhouette in Style!!!

For the first time I noticed Saree Gown in a fashion show in New Delhi few years ago where model sported neon green saree gown by designer Monisha Jaising…

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…Model looked fabulous in the outfit, which at hindsight appeared to me like a saree draped differently like the one by Mumtaz in Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar ke Charche…but as she came close I realized that it was something starkly different. Indeed it was an attempt to update traditional saree by fusing it with a gown like silhouette. Here, the outfit was paradoxical mix of fluidity and construction, which combined the saree’s classic structure with the comfort of zipped – up gown. Outcome, your heavily embroidered saree or lehenga will not come in the way when you swing – Girls like to Swing on your best friend’s sangeet.

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One fine morning, not too long ago, a tweet landed in my account from @triveniethnics displaying their saree gown collection, which instantly caught my fancy and I suddenly recollected seeing them at a fashion show (mentioned above). The outfit in itself is quite exciting as it wonderfully blends silhouettes of a gown with that of a saree and the result is magical. You are adorning the class of a saree and style of a gown in one single outfit. Saree Gown has the comfort of the gown and drape of the saree which gives women the liberty of doing whatever they want. It makes them look elegant & dolled up at the same time, whichever look they want to flaunt. It is an ideal outfit for pretty, young Indian girls who always like to dress to the occasion. It is a fusion of Western & Indian, tradition & trend and style & Silhouette. tssag2602_2Apprising about the breathtakingly beautiful collection of saree gowns, Arvind Saraf, Director, Triveni Ethnics said, “We always attempt to give something new to our customers and saree –gown is one of those outfit. We are sure it will attract young upwardly mobile women who do not shirk from trying something new all the time; especially when it comes to occasion wear. Our Saree Gowns are quite unique because of the use of fabrics like Georgette, nets, chiffons with heavily embroidered tops and colour palette is also quite strong which would appeal younger audience especially.

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Highlight of the collection is  heavy embroidery on sleeves and layering at the bottom.” He observed a very pertinent point, “Our girls have become quite global but they do not want to compromise on the traditional look when going for an occasion, for them these saree gowns would be an ideal outfit to adorn. Here they want to look stylized but not too Western too. This outfit addresses their concern here.”

Triveni Ethnics are based out of Surat, Gujarat who brings in vast experience in the field of sarees from many decades. Triveni Sarees are available on a pan India level across various budgets, styles, fabrics & fashions from both Online & Offline platforms. They have something for every woman. Don’t miss on checking their bridal collection!!!

& of course saree gowns!!!!

You can check & order the Saree – Gown Collection on http://www.triveniethnics.com starting from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 15,000.

Gowns shown in photos above, barring first one are courtesy: Triveni Ethnics

Step into the TRIVENI of tradition, trend & trust!

Triveni Sarees tagline reads: Grace, Dignity, Identity!
For me the catch line would be: Tradition, Trend & Trust!
Every woman aspires these inputs while selecting her saree & Triveni embodies these to the hilt!

Surat based Saraf’s vision of Triveni Sarees can be best described as tasteful concoction of colorful contradictions, grace and trend. Their sarees transcend their passion to make Designer Sarees accessible not only to classes and but also to masses. Going by this dictum, their sarees have Designer inputs which every woman aspires with value for money pricing. Considering the highly competitive and price sensitive saree market, these wonderful sarees are a steal for their price tags. No wonder Triveni sarees are loved by not only Indian Women but by women across the Globe. They have a fleet of happy women customers who have adorned Triveni sarees to very special occasions like on a red carpet event or marriage in the family. Loved for all occasions, adored by all women…step into world of Triveni Sarees through their exclusive collections.

I will take you through them in a sequence so that you know about the collections in detail. Their catalogues are most awesome pieces which we got to glance while our visit to Surat to their office and works recently. I admit it will be difficult to do justice to Triveni’s print catalogues, but none the less, it will be an honest effort.

So how and where you can get these beautiful sarees? No need to go to Surat. You can get these ordered from the comfort of your office or home by visiting their website: http://www.triveniethnics.com and sarees would be delivered right at your doorsteps. So what are you waiting for? Navratri and Diwali are round the corner…dress yourself in Triveni Sarees and wear it on these festivals and special occasions. Post your picture on your face book page, tag @Triveniethnics and you become the Triveni Saree Ambassador. How cool is that!

And…and Triveni Sarees are retailed through all prominent outlets country – wide. Your can have your pick from there to!

While at Triveni Sarees, I felt I was amidst the ocean of beautiful sarees…sarees for every budget, every colour, and every design! Interestingly, for the first time I came to know about the humongous effort which goes into the making of a saree. You would be surprised to know that a saree has to go through many stages – selection of fabric, colouring, dyeing , designing, embroidery, folding, packaging and packing and quality checks on all the stages, before reaching its destination…our wardrobes!

Back stage story will be in a separate post, till then you swoon over wonderful world of Triveni Sarees!

KALPANA

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This collection is all about popularizing trends for the modern, confident women. The semi casual sarees gives the impression of exclusive designer wear courtesy their subtle surface designs. Light and Bright colours care combined with a two-tone effect decorated with embroidery, cut work and brocade borders; teamed with designer blouses. The design and placement of embroidery are the highlights of this collection combining ethnic wear into contemporary styles with intricate details. They are heavily embroidered mixed with chiffon, georgette and net fabrics. Fancy jacquard, chiffon, georgette based fabrics are used in sarees.

Ideal for women who love to blend traditional and some classical!

SENTORINI

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The collections is all about fusion; fusion of tradition into contemporary style. The designs are inspired by the tradition of Rajasthan fused with modern Bandhini look. The colors are bright yet soothing, even complimenting others well in some of the pieces. The fabric used is chiffon. The most attractive feature of the collection is its border- beautifully crafted with sari and thread work. The collection is beautifully designed for newly married women much because of its colors, surface works and prints. Bandhej print has been widely used in different patterns and colours. Stone work and embroidery are combined to create artistic patterns in blouse pieces. Furthermore, there are different styles of blouses to choose from!

Ideal for those who love to be in sync with tradition & trend!

DASTOOR

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Here light and bright colours are combined with a two-tone effect decorated with embroidery, cut work and brocade borders which are teamed with various designer blouses. Important feature of the collection is its subtle variation in designs. They are well embroidered amalgamating Bhagalpuri silk and net fabrics. The sarees are beautified using different surface design techniques like cut work, stone work and embroidery. Whereas sparkle, sequins and foil are used in velvet blouse fabrics. The sarees have a two tone effect and fabrics used are fancy jacquard, chiffon and georgettes. With the use of contrasting colors and beautiful border work teamed with trendy blouse pieces.

Make it a Dastoor to have one!

FASHION FLOW

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‘Fashion Flow’ is a collection of contemporary style digitally printed sarees which runs on the ground of fashion trends. Scattered floral prints, a mix of bright and pastel tones, tribal block prints and ombre effect; these are some relevant features of ongoing trends. Being lightweight; they are very comfortable and can be stylishly wore to work teaming with matching accessories and bags. These can be draped in multiple ways!. The young women who follow trends will love the digital prints, colours and effects with very creative blouse pieces. The fabrics used in sarees are mainly georgette and chiffon some of the blouses are made of Art Silk.

Ideal for young corporate Indian Women!

GARDEN OF DESIRE

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Here the georgette and chiffon mix of printed collection gives a smooth feel of the fabric. The hues of red, yellow, blue and green are wisely chosen to match the occasion. The summer collection goes in trend with beautiful floral inspired prints (scattered and continuous) and appealing patchwork. The borders are brocade with ready made laces. The sari pieces are teamed with crepe jacquard blouses with golden prints.

Ideal for would be brides and newly weds!

JHUMRI

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In this collection the sarees are designed with minimal variations; keeping it simple yet classy. The variations are mainly in term of sleek borders, apt embroidery and blouses. The sarees are a wise mix of chiffon, georgette and jacquard fabrics. The fabrics are further embedded with patch work and stone work as a design element. The ombre effect adds to the visual appeal with beautiful cut work and tassels. These surface design techniques enhances the beauty multi-fold. The designer blouse pieces are exclusively crafted with embroidery, net fabrics and variation in neckline.

Ideal for contemporary Indian women, young, not so young, forever young!

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Indeed I go by the belief of Saraf’s, “Indian Women is a Triveni ( meaning Fusion) of colourful contradictions, tenderness, yet strength, classy yet contemporary and graceful yet vital.”

My special thanks to Triveni Team for their design and digital inputs: Shalini Raj, Noopur Sharma & Noopur Chaturvedi when I attacked them in their dens!

Malaysia: Ultimate Shopping Destination: Survey

Shopping: Top of mind for everyone when in Malaysia

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Based on the survey by Tourism Malaysia, shopping remained as the second major activity engaged by tourists in Malaysia for the first quarter this year. The top five shopping areas for foreign tourists were Bukit Bintang, George Town – Penang, Kota Kinabalu, Petaling Street and Johor Bahru. Clothes and apparels constituted 49.6% of items purchased by tourists, followed by handicraft/souvenirs (45.5%), shoes (21.7%), cosmetic (16.4), and chocolates (13.3%).

Tourist expenditure on shopping took the top spot from accommodation for the first quarter of 2015, with an increase of 10.8% to RM4.9 billion against the same period last year.
Accommodation and shopping remained as the two top components of tourist expenditure for the first quarter, constituting 54.4%. The growth in shopping expenditure was dominated by regional and medium-haul countries, namely Brunei, Singapore, Japan, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.

Factors that contributed to these positive performances included the favourable exchange rate, which was advantageous to foreign tourists and had encouraged them to spend more. Besides that, hoteliers were also offering competitive rates to tourists. As a result, tourist expenditure on shopping was higher than accommodation and they stayed longer in the country.

So what are you thinking, head to Malaysia for your Diwali Shopping!

MALLS, MALLS & MORE MALLS IN MALAYSIA

There are more than 350 shopping malls in Malaysia at present; with well over 120 malls in greater Kuala Lumpur itself, many of them concentrated in the Bukit Bintang area, some of these malls attract over 3 million visitors a month – proof that apart from eating, Malaysians love to shop.

Malaysians are in for a retail overdrive with the opening of new malls in and around Malaysia beginning with quill city mall which opened in October 2014 and IOI City Mall in Putrajaya in November this year.
Quill City Mall is a 7-storey lifestyle mall encompassing a net of 770,000 Sq.Ft. of retail space located along Jalan Sultan Ismail, it has more than 320 trendy lifestyle stores, an exciting entertainment hub and an exclusive kid zone spread across its spacious area. The best feature of the mall comes in the form of its sky alfresco dining, the first of its kind in Kuala Lumpur. The dining area has an organically shaped roof consisting of multi-coloured glass and opaque that all for maximum daylight and fantastic views of the surrounding area.
IOI city mall is a brand new lifestyle and entertainment mall located in Putrajaya. It consists of four levels of retail space, encompassing 1.4 million Sq. Ft. of net lettable are. Once opened, IOI city mall will have over 350 specialty stores, restaurants and eateries. Its anchor tenants include Golden Screen Cinema, Parkson and Homepro. The best feature of the mall is the Olympic size skating ring and indoor entertainment park called “district 21”.


There are several malls set to open in the first quarter of 2015. i.e. Sunway Putra mall and Sunway Velocity in Kuala Lumpur. Sunway Putra mall is a part of an integrated development comprising Sunway Putra Tower (office), Sunway Putra hotel and serviced apartments. Located opposite the Putra World Trade Center, the mall comprises 580,00 Sq. Ft. of retail space providing shoppers, especially those living around Taman Duta and Kenny hills, with six levels of shopping and dining experience.

Sunway Velocity is located near Jalan Cochrane and not unlike its sister mall, the Sunway Putra mall, will also consist of offices and hotel components. The feature concept of the mall would be a thematic retail area of Asian avenue offering South Korean, Japanese and other Asian goods and services. Both Sunway Putra mall and Sunway Velocity Shopping mall will not have an anchor departmental store but instead, have eight to ten mini’anchor tenants including a supermarket, a cosmetics hall, a home improvement store, a food court and a Cineplex.

Expected too, in the next two years are three self-contained mixed developments of hotels, offices, residential and retail areas i.e. empire city in Damansara, Mytown and KL gateway in Banagar south area. Shoppers can expect every one of these development to offer the best mix in retails, dining and leisure to hit Kuala Lumpur’s ever growing shopping landscape.

So what’s year end festivities without a spot of shopping that too, in Asia’s latest shopping hub of Kuala Lumpur? I list here the malls which will satiate your yearn for shopping, dining, entertainment and total experience.
Malls. Malls & More Malls…
1. Avenue K
2. Berjaya Times Square
3. Central Market
4. Fahrenheit 88
5. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
6. Sogo KL
7. Sungei Wang Plaza
8. Suria KLCC
9. The Gardens Mall
10. Viva Mall
11. Utama Shopping Centre
12. Sunway Pyramid
13. 1st Avenue

What’s on offer?

Exclusive promotions & privileges for tourists: iKiosk interactive games, Holiday Shopping Spree, Santarina & ELF Walkabout, Christmas special performance, largest Christmas tree replica, talents dressed in traditional Malaysian attire will be parading 1Malaysia Year End Sale shopping bags at KLs’ popular shopping spots. Hands on activities like batik painting, henna drawing, caricature & mengkuang weaving, colouring & shopping bag designing contest, colourful kids stage performance & more.

Fahrenheit 88 has come up with toys & joys where you spend RM200 & above in max 2 accumulated receipts at any speciality store or RM 300 at brands outlet or UNIQLO, to pick up special gift vouchers.

Pavilion KL too has some exciting line ups where you spend for a chance to experience the best of lifestyle precincts of Pavilion KL like Beauty Hall, Couture Pavilion, Fashion Avenue, Tokyo Street etc.
You can celebrate Christmas with Mr Bean & Friends in Sungei Wang Plaza where you can meet and greet hilarious Mr Bean, his funny girl friend and grumpy landlord.

Suria KLCC has some exciting weekend offer where the first 25 shoppers who spend RM3500 and above on HSBC credit cards in max two receipts will receive a Christmas gift. Also colourful performances to hype up the Christmas season will be held at the centre court.